Mars to Open Global Research and Development Hub in Chicago

Mars announced the company will soon break ground on a new global research and development hub, which is expected to cost approximately $40 million, adjacent to the company’s existing Global Innovation Center on Goose Island.

With this expanded capability, Chicago will become the largest innovation hub in the world for Mars Wrigley, adding to its network of global innovation centers. When complete, the innovation hub will inspire the next generation of new products to support the company’s iconic global snacks and treats brands such as M&M’S, Snickers, Twix, and more, the company said in a press release.

“Mars has made Chicago home to innovation for nearly 100 years, producing some of the world’s most beloved and iconic snacks and treats,” said Chris Rowe, Global Vice President of Research and Development, Mars Wrigley. “Creating new jobs and a world-class, multimillion-dollar research and development hub demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the Chicagoland area and accelerates our future for innovation. This facility brings exciting new capabilities and enhances the company’s vibrant innovation culture on Goose Island.”

The company employs about 950 Associates from Mars Wrigley, Mars Food, and Mars Global Services at its Goose Island campus.

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The investment will bring about thirty (30) additional jobs to the Global Innovation Center, which will bring the Mars campus total to nearly 1,000 jobs on Goose Island. Construction aims to begin this summer and is slated to be complete by summer 2023.

“Chicago is ever-growing and emerging as a leader in innovation and technology,” said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “Mars is the latest among many companies recognizing our city’s strengths and unmatched talent and expanding operations here. I thank Mars and its leadership for their longstanding commitment to our city and wish them success in this latest expansion.”

The company’s operations in the Chicagoland area include an ice cream facility in Burr Ridge and Yorkville’s treats production plant. The company also produces a variety of filled bar chocolate, including Snickers, at its Chicago manufacturing site.